Congressional Quarterly is bullish on North Carolina's incumbents.
In a rundown of the state's Congressional and gubernatorial races, CQ Politics writer Marie Horrigan favors U.S. Reps. Heath Shuler, Brad Miller and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole to win.
Still, she calls McHenry a "Safe Republican" seat and Miller "Safe Democrat," but says Congressional Quarterly will continue to monitor both races. Dole's race is called "one to watch," although it is "Republican favored."
The rematch between U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes and Larry Kissell is "No Clear Favorite," the most competitive category.
The seats of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones' and Patrick McHenry are rated "Safe Republican," but both Congressmen also face GOP opponents.
The governor's race is rated "Leans Democratic."